Main Features No 9
Reviewing The Great Gatsby (2013)
Jay Gatsby hopes to reunite with now married Daisy Buchanan. However there is a chance of reconciliation…
The Great Gatsby, official trailer, Warner Bros Pictures, www.youtube.com and pictures @ Warner Bros Pictures
Attention all women, head to the shops and buy the following shopping list ….one copy of one of the most hopelessly romantic films ever, The Great Gatsby (2013) on DVD , one or two boxes of tissues, one large cream cake and one or two bricks. Wine is optional but it is compulsory to invite two of your bestest girly friends over and call for pizza. Finally, send the man of the house to see John Wick (2014) or its sequel….
Anyway girls, firstly I must apologise as I realise the hopeless romantics amongst you have been sadly neglected in this blog so far unless you include my Outlander tv series (2014) review. However, I personally think that particular review would only appeal to the romantic cynics amongst our gender. This film stars Leonardo DiCaprio or the man with the matinée idol, boyish looks but who always he seems to play a character with the fatal flaw that he has horrible taste in women. (I have a bit of a crush on this blue-eyed Adonis so my totally unbiased opinion but even Chris Hemsworth fades into the nether). DiCaprio stars as the lead role of Jay Gatsby, but the earlier character description also applies to his roles in Shutter Island (2010), Inception (2010) and in Titanic (1997). He was just a wee waif in Titanic, I remember having a bit of a hulk moment at the end when Rose is floating, alone on the ice and lets lover Jack drown in a watery grave. She is rescued moments later so Rose (
Buxom Kate Winslet) you could so have held onto him a wee bit longer on that iceberg, after all you had the strength to pull him over a car seat!
The Great Gatsby also stars Tobey Maguire (
Spiderman) as the narrator Nick Carraway, a very doe eyed Carey Mulligan (Daisy) and supertall Zooey Deschanel doppelgänger, Elizabeth Debicki (Jordan). It is essentially a weeper, but my protective instinct for DiCaprio (despite the fact he is nearly as old as darlin’ husband) led to more than a few hulk moments. The hulk moments were directed to all the characters bar Gatsby so by the end of the film I was as disillusioned with the characters and felt total empathy with the narrator of the story, Nick Carraway (Maguire). The lion’s share of hulk moments were directed to Isla Fisher’s character Myrtle, but maybe it’s because Fisher has been annoying me since Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) and Burke and Hare (2010).
The film is directed by Australian director Baz Luhrmann and based on the book of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The tale is told by Carraway (Maguire) who tells us about this tale of disillusionment and lost hopes and dreams to his psychiatrist. Carraway is being treated for alcoholism in a psychiatric hospital and the story is told partly in flashback. The psychiatrist asks him to write it down as he is struggling to express himself verbally and he continues by writing his story. He tells the tale of how he came to rent a house next to the home of Jay Gatsby, a mysterious enigmatic millionaire who holds lavish parties. No one has met Gatsby but everyone has wild theories about him and his past. Carraway’s cousin Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan and their young daughter live across from them and their home can be identified from Gatsby’s with a mysterious green light. Carraway discovers that Tom has been having an affair with rough married wife from the tracks, Myrtle (Fisher) whose husband owns a garage. On his return home one day, Carraway meets Gatsby who invites him to one of his parties and they form a friendship, with Gatsby driving his yellow Rolls Royce and telling him more about his past. Jordan, Daisy’s friend has mentioned to Carraway that Gatsby and Daisy were lovers about 5 years previously. At Gatsby’s request, to engineer a reunion with Daisy, Carraway invites Gatsby and Daisy for afternoon tea…
The awkwardness from Gatsby before and him and Daisy after her late arrival, prompt me to reach for my tissues. Carraway says he is going into town to leave them alone together, I hold my breath and let out the start of a sob. Mulligan is looking ultra doe eyed and very wee and vulnerable. DiCaprio as Gatsby is acting his little heart out and I stifle another sob. They are surrounded by lots and lots of flowers, it is made all the more romantic when I remember a scene from the original Dallas series (1978), when J.R. Ewing proposed to ex-wife Sue Ellen (leading to their second marriage) after buying the entire contents of a florist’s. I reach for my darlin’ husband’s hand for support…. then darlin’ husband says “Of course, Carraway is really Spiderman, he’s got Spidy sense so he’s off to save the world”. Luckily that was a much better scenario than the alternative version where he would have reminded me about the similarly themed proposal by Danny DeVito’s character, Vincent to the object of his affection, Linda (Chloe Webb) in the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “comedy” film, Twins (1998).
It is at this point of the proceedings, I will let you continue to watch the film, but do have a brick in one hand for Myrtle et al and tissues in the other hand for the Gatsby moments. DiCaprio is a bloody good actor who deserves an Oscar and not just a Lifetime Achievement Award (and not just because I’m biased and have watched all his films after he beefed up from the wee waif he once was). So girls, before you rush out for the wee shopping list I gave you at the beginning of this review, please, please remember after watching the remainder of this film that DiCaprio is the only man ever that could wear beige and get away with it so don’t go crazy and buy something beige for your man’s Christmas. He won’t thank you. Really he won’t.
Weeper Rating: 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 /10
Handsqueeze Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 /10
Hulk Rating: /10
Bonus Trailer: Yes, Lego